Fall 2020 “Empowering academic researchers to strengthen safety culture” Workshop Details

The American Chemical Society is sponsoring a workshop to help educate graduate students and other interested academic lab workers about lab safety culture and opportunities for promoting safety in their schools. Thanks to the overwhelming response from the academic community for the virtual version of this workshop, the August 16th workshop is full. Luckily, we will be holding this workshop again in virtual form on Thursday, November 12, 3 PM to 6 PM EDT. Participants will be awarded a certificate that can be noted on their resumes.

This 3-hour workshop is primarily directed at researchers in academic institutions that may include graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate students. Faculty and safety staff are also very much encouraged to participate.

Workshop goals are to:

  • Educate participants about key technical resources to expand their ability to think systematically about safety.
  • Guide participants to identify everyone’s responsibility for laboratory safety in the hierarchy at their institutions.
  • Empower participants to strengthen the safety culture at their institutions through expanding their safety networks and developing laboratory safety teams.

You can read more about the results of previous workshops and the current LST movement in the linked articles from the journal ACS Chemical Health & Safety

The workshop will take place on November 12, 2020 at 3 PM to 6 PM EDT (please remember to adjust for your time zone) via Zoom. It will be facilitated by Sarah Zinn of the University of Chicago (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-zinn/) and Jessica DeYoung from the University of Iowa (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-deyoung/), graduate students actively involved in their universities’ Laboratory Safety Teams (LSTs).

The overall design and organization of this workshop is done by the Workshop Leader Jessica A. Martin (current graduate student at the University of Connecticut) and the CHAS Coordinator Kali A. Miller of ACS Publications (formerly of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Please contact them if you have any questions about this workshop and future workshops at lstworkshop@dchas.org.

This workshop is sponsored by the ACS Safety Programs and the ACS Office of Graduate Education, with technical support provided by the leadership of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety.

This workshop now has full registration. If you are interested in hearing about future offerings, please contact us at membership@dchas.org